Since the attacks to the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, our policy of revenge and eradication of “terrorism” has contributed to widespread regional destruction of lives and cultures. The refugee crisis brought on by this warfare is threatening greater devastation across two continents. Organized state-less forces that hate the West have been wantonly brutal, destructive, and effective in their actions. Violence for violence, repeated for 15 years, here and there and everywhere. Repeated.
Why? What is the source of this spiral of hate, violence, destruction? Could it go as far back as Esau and Isaac and a human legacy of greed and jealousy? There has been more than 500 years of directed predatory colonialism and European imperialism morphed into multi-national corporations. The foreign policies of the U.S. for the last century have made us the lead agents for that economic-cultural exploitation.
It is way past time that U.S. intervention on behalf of corporate profits disguised as “national interests” ends. No amount of flag waving, moral doublespeak, standard of living, or state-of-the-art violence can defend it or sustain it. None.
The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, Community Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasco